Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born June 22, 1949 in Summit, NJ

Generally considered, without hyperbole, to be the world’s greatest living actress, Meryl Streep is certainly the most honored with a record-breaking 18 Oscar nominations (and three wins) and 28 Golden Globe nominations (and eight wins). Early acting highlights for the Yale School of Drama graduate and former New York stage actress include the TV miniseries “Holocaust” and such acclaimed films as “The Deer Hunter,” “Kramer vs. Kramer” (first Oscar win), “Sophie’s Choice” (second Oscar win), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Silkwood.”

The earthy blond, famed for her facility with foreign dialects, was next seen in such dramas as “Out of Africa,” “Ironweed” and “A Cry in the Dark,” as well as in lighter fare such as “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge” and “Death Becomes Her,” which successfully showcased her comedic abilities.

Steady feature roles followed throughout the 1990s, most notably in the dramas “The River Wild,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “One True Thing” and “Music of the Heart.”

Streep jumped into the 2000s with a pair of Oscar-nominated performances in “Adaptation” and “The Hours” along with an Emmy-winning turn in the celebrated HBO miniseries “Angels in America.”

The actress then took on an eclectic string of feature parts in dramas (“Evening,” “Doubt”), political thrillers (“The Manchurian Candidate,” “Rendition,” “Lions for Lambs”), comedies (“Prime,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” "Julie & Julia,” “It’s Complicated”), family films (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”) and even a musical (“Mamma Mia!”), reaching the broadest audiences of her career.

The wry, often self-deprecating Streep has been married to sculptor Don Gummer since 1978. They have four children, including actors Mamie Gummer and Henry Gummer.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1978 Best Supporting Actress The Deer Hunter Nomination
    1979 Best Supporting Actress Kramer vs. Kramer Win
    1981 Best Actress The French Lieutenant's Woman Nomination
    1982 Best Actress Sophie's Choice Win
    1983 Best Actress Silkwood Nomination
    1985 Best Actress Out of Africa Nomination
    1987 Best Actress Ironweed Nomination
    1988 Best Actress A Cry in the Dark Nomination
    1990 Best Actress Postcards from the Edge Nomination
    1995 Best Actress The Bridges of Madison County Nomination
    1998 Best Actress One True Thing Nomination
    1999 Best Actress Music of the Heart Nomination
    2002 Best Supporting Actress Adaptation Nomination
    2006 Best Actress The Devil Wears Prada Nomination
    2008 Best Actress Doubt Nomination
    2009 Best Actress Julie & Julia Nomination
    2011 Best Actress The Iron Lady Win
    2013 Best Actress August: Osage County Nomination

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